To be honest, the last two art fairs were, well, disappointing. No blame here except the weather, and you can't control that. If I could it would 70 degrees all summer. For Madison's Art Fair on the Square the weather ran the gamut. During Friday set-up, it rained. Let me say, the statement, "it rained" is an understatement. It RAINED. And there was LIGHTNING. If there's one thing I learned growing up is that you don't walk around in ankle deep water holding metal poles (like a canopy frame) while it is lightning. Nevertheless, Valerie and I survived, soaked to the bone.
Saturday was great. The rain subsided just after the show started and the people were out. I was there at 5 30 a.m. hanging the prints, since we didn't get to the night before. I had decent sales, lots of visitors and well-wishers. I thought that it was going to be an awesome show.
And then there was Sunday. It didn't rain. At all. It was HOT. Heat index reached over 100 degrees. The people who might have thought about coming to an outdoor art fair wisely stayed inside. I should have brought something to read...
All in all, it was my first year there. There is a certain prestige of getting into this show and I will definitely apply next year.
The less said about John Michael Kohler Midsummer Festival of the Arts (the following weekend), the better. I had 2-3 larger sales that I am grateful for. It rained all day Saturday and well, that always has a damper (pardon the pun) on the crowds.
So, next up, Oconomowoc Festival of Art, August 18-19, Fowler Lake Park in Oconomowoc, WI. You don't need to know how to pronounce it to find it on Google Maps. I will be in Booth #50. Wish me luck (and good weather) and I hope to see you there.
Now it's time to get in some time in the stustustudio...